Subject: Editorial | June 11, 2005 - 11:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
Since May 27th I have not been in my town or residence for more than 18 hours at a time. And that has only been twice since the 27th. Right now, after returning from a trip to SFO, I am getting ready to head out once again to take care of some family obligations for birthdays and graduations yet again. It is really becoming a drain trying to do all the work I usually do at home on a notebook computer, without easy access to all the references and information I need. And it doesn't show any signs of letting up really as some important launches are coming up this month
Subject: Editorial | June 6, 2005 - 03:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
I already knew that June was going to be a busy month for me, with a final walk through on my new house tomorrow and a closing on the 14th. Plus we are planning on moving in by the end of June if at all possible. Other than that, we have birthdays, graduations, outtings and other friend and family obligations that are right in the middle of of everything as well. Did I mention we are going to have a lot of products being announced or briefed this month as well? Both NVIDIA and ATI are going to be touting their next gen GPUs over the next 60 days, so stay tuned for al
Subject: Editorial | May 30, 2005 - 11:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
I guess up until this point, I have been pretty lucky. For more than 5 years I have been attending conferences and shows like Computex without much of a hassle. Oh my, how this year has been different.
Subject: Editorial | May 29, 2005 - 03:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
I just finished up packing for my trip to Computex in Taipei, Taiwan and I head to the airport in less than an hour. The total travel time for one way on this trip: 26 hours. Oh ye haw.
I have a very busy 5 days planned, even having several meetings the day before the show starts, which is unusual for me. I'll try to keep you all updated as much as I can in the form of articles, news posts and blog entries. Keep checking back!
Subject: Editorial | May 26, 2005 - 04:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today Intel officially released the Intel 820 processor which is a dual core Smithfield CPU running at 2.8 GHz. It has 2 x 1 MB L2 cache and an 800 MHz FSB. Performance on it so far looks to be right where we expect it to be: low on single threaded apps, acceptable on multi threaded apps, and really good for multitasking machines as well. I currently have mine in our 945G reference board for testing, hopefully it will be done in time that I can write the review on the flight to Computex.
The other CPU released was the Intel 670 processor that runs at 3.8 GHz on a P
Subject: Editorial | May 24, 2005 - 10:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
I have just let loose the AGEIA PhysX preview article I was alluding to yesterday. I think you'll find this article to be among the better out there on the subject as we take a much deeper look into what work AGEIA has to do before this idea can take off, and unfortunately for them, its a lot of work. With a long development cycle on PC games getting only longer, the amount of time that will pass before we see anything substantial making use of this suprisingly expensive
Subject: Editorial | May 23, 2005 - 05:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got back from E3 late last night, and unfortunately fell straight to sleep. There wasn't a lot of excitement going on there from a hardware point of view, especially with both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 missing in action for playable demos. I am putting the finishing touches on an article I think you'll find very interesting, though it falls outside the boundes of what current technologies are out there. It should be up in the morning tomorrow.
I think I might have enough info on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 GPUs to get a short article comparing the
Subject: Editorial | May 17, 2005 - 11:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, in about 6 hours I'll be on a plane to LA for this years Electronics Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as the mecha of the gaming world. While the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Revolution announcements have all already been shown, now its time to get the nose on the floor and hunt out information on the hardware behind these beasts!
Look for updates in my weblog and on the main site during the show!
Subject: Editorial | May 16, 2005 - 04:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
I happen to come across an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor in my mail box today and am currently engrossed in attempting to test it. I say attempting because the motherboard I am using and the one I have an updated BIOS for is giving me fits. Somehow, when using the X2 processor, any use of the USB bus locks the system, but with the same board, bios, bios settings, etc and an FX-55 or a 3700+, the system is just fine with USB usage. I have no idea what is going on, but I am pretty sure we have a BIOS issue not a processor issue.
In other news, I found out that my clos
Subject: Editorial | May 13, 2005 - 12:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
First, it looks like I will be getting an Athlon 64 X2 processor to review, just not from AMD. I've had to go to various other sources to get the hardware I need for testing, and under the cover of secrecy to do so, but my readers will soon get to see what I make of AMD lastest processor announcement.
Also, you may have noticed my review of the first retail nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard, the Asus P5ND2-SLI Deluxe. As far as I know its the first review of the board on the web, and it liv